GETTYSBURG MEDICAL DOCUMENT - U.S. SURGEON TRANSFER

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Dated “Medical Director’s Office/ Head Quarters, Department of the Susquehanna, Chambersburg, August 3, 1863.” 1 pp., 9.75 x 7.75”, with pre-printed letterhead, handwritten in ink. Exhibits fold marks, tiny spots of ink smudge on the reverse. Else VG plus, sharp and entirely legible. Text:

“Special Order No. 53/ By Direction of the Surgeon General, Dr. Whittingham U.S.A. is hereby relieved from duty at Gettysburg, PA., and will report in person, without delay to the Surgeon, Washington City, D.C. / W.S. King/ Surg. Med. Director/ Dept. Susquehanna / Through Surgeon Janes / U.S. Vols / In charge of Hospitals/ Gettysburg, PA.” ///Reverse endorsement: “ Med Directors Office / Chambersburg PA/ Aug 3rd 1863 / W.S. King Surg. / Med. Director / Relieving Dr. / Whittingham U.S.A. from Duty at Gettysburg PA”.

The service records of the three surgeons cited summarize as follows: New York native Edward Thomas Whittington was commissioned into U.S. Army Medical staff 4/6/1862, and resigned 11/12/1863; William Shakespeare King was commissioned into U.S. Army Medical Staff on 8/29/1856, received brevet promotions to Lt. Col. and Colonel [1865], and retired in 1882; Henry Janes was commissioned into 3rd Vermont Infy. Field and staff in 1861, and then into US Volunteers Medical Staff, 3/26/ 1863, and was mustered out 1/4/1866. As head of services at the Union Army hospital immediately after the Battle of Gettysburg, Dr. Janes faced the challenge of caring for 20,000 wounded Union and Confederate men.

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Superb Gettysburg medical collectible. Brief amount of research material included.

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